Letters to the Editor

Hopes Adult Day Health will stay open

As a Whatcom Transit Authority driver, each time I pick up Bill to bring him to Adult Day Health he asks his son, “Aren’t you coming?” Bill has trouble remembering. As we travel, I reassure him and finally, when we reach ADH, I say, “OK Bill, here we are.” As we walk down the hall, he smiles and says, “I’ve been here before.”

The ADH community has made a place for hundreds of “Bills” over the years. For many, this is their only community. It is their place. I have also volunteered at ADH and have seen first-hand the profound impact on participants, their families and caregivers. In a time when more ADH care communities are critical to meet a growing need, I am particularly troubled that PeaceHealth is choosing to abandon theirs.

Thank you to the Christian Health Care Center in Lynden for stepping up to the plate. What they envisioned as an expansion of services to the north part of the county is turning out to be a different story.

Interestingly, both PeaceHealth and the Christian Health Care Center speak the name of Jesus Christ in their mission statements. Who, by their actions, better represents what Jesus said, “Whatever you do

for the least one of these, you do it for me.”

PeaceHealth, I urge you to live out your mission statement, “We carry on the healing mission of Jesus Christ ...” and keep ADH open.

Brent Allen